British Association for Performing Arts Medicine

BAPAM’s Return to Performance Series – Physical Health and Injury Prevention Workshop with Lucie Rayner

Healthy Practice Lockdown Series

Physical Health and Injury Prevention

BAPAM’s purpose is to improve health in the performing arts and support enhanced performance excellence through wellbeing and good practice.

As the largest provider of career-specific healthcare to performers in the UK, we are uniquely positioned to bring together expert clinicians, educators, researchers, artists and creators to deliver innovative training to empower the arts community to improve and maintain health throughout our creative work and learning spaces.

This introductory 2-hour session is designed for performing arts professionals and students and outlines risk factors and key strategies to maintain good physical health throughout a sustainable career and during lockdown.

The session focuses on evidence-based practical skills and draws from research findings, performance experience, and proven clinical pathways.

Participants will learn how to avoid injury, identify the signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal problems, what to do to promote good health, and where to go for help.

Tutor: Lucie Rayner

Lucie initially completed a Sport Science degree and Post Graduate teaching qualification at Loughborough University. She then gained a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy and worked in the NHS, school and private sector before starting her own Physio clinic. She has been practicing the Pilates Method for over 15 years and gained her teaching qualification through The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI).

Although she manages clients from all walks of life, her area of expertise is working with Performing Artists, particularly dancers, musicians and musical theatre performers. She has completed an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL and works with theatre performers in the West End. She recently became an assessing clinician for The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

Research looking at health issues within the performing arts workforce consistently finds that 70-75% of our population report both mental and physical health problems, which is much higher than the national average. We are lucky to be working with a number of health and wellbeing experts who can offer training to performers across the UK, with the aim of reducing the levels of poor health and supporting performers to have a sustainable career. Working with our partners in Equity, Musicians’ Union, Help Musicians UK and Performing Arts Education Providers – who are very kindly giving us free use of training venues – we are expanding our national training programme supporting healthy performance in the UK.